Welcome to the Rural Law Center of New York’s website.


The Rural Law Center is the only legal services program in New York State whose mission is to serve the legal needs of individuals and families living in the state's 44 rural counties. We want this website to be useful and easy to access for everyone, especially for the people we serve, but also for our partners in the legal community and in human service agencies.


You can contact our legal staff by choosing the button to the left that says Legal Help or by calling our offices at 518-561-5460. You can also find specific legal information and guides by choosing the Legal Resources tab above. Please note that the legal resource materials on this site have been prepared for general information purposes only. The information on this site is not legal advice. Legal advice is dependent on the specific circumstances of each legal situation and we encourage you to consult an attorney with your specific legal issue.



  • Addressing the legal issues unique to low-income, rural New Yorkers.

  • Providing access to justice for youth and seniors in our 44 rural counties.

  • Undertaking educational programs for individuals and service providers.

  • Offering trainings for rural attorneys who, in turn, give pro bono representation.

  • Working on policy-based advocacy to influence rural impact legislation.

  • Acting as a facilitator in rural coalition building


This communication is made available by the Rural Law Center of New York, Inc. as a public service and is issued to inform, not to advise.  No person should attempt to interpret or apply any law without the assistance of an attorney.  The opinions expressed in this communication are those of the authors and not of the Rural Law Center's funding sources.

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